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Ekiti re-run: AC drags Arise to Tribunal

By Gbenga Ariyibi
The senatorial candidate of the Action Congress (AC) in the August 15 re-run election in Ekiti North Senatorial District, Chief  Olubunmi Adetunbi and his party, AC have dragged Senator Ayo Arise to the Ekiti Election Petition Tribunal, asking the tribunal to quash  Arise’s victory at the poll.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Chief   Arise of the PDP as the winner of the election, having credited him with 36,674 votes as against Adetunbis’ 17,602 votes.

The`150 page petition filed yesterday by the counsel to the petitioners, Chief Anthony Adeniyi was predicated on the ground that election of the senator violated the provisions of  2006  Electoral Laws.

The petitioners also argued that the election of Arise was invalid by reason of corrupt practices and/or non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2006.

According to the petition, the respondents included Arise, PDP, INEC, State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Senatorial Returning officer, the Electoral Officers of the five councils which constitute the senatorial district, the Nigeria Police Force and the Inspector General of Police.

Adetunbi is praying the tribunal to declare that Arise was not duly elected, having not scored majority of lawful votes in the August 15 rerun election.

In the alternative, the petitioners prayed the tribunal to nullify the entire election and ordered a re-run in all the five councils which made up the senatorial district.

The petitioners contended that it was clear from the various forms that few persons acted as Presiding Officers for many Polling Units who in turn also acted as Polling Agents for the political parties or their candidates, saying a cursory look at various forms revealed that similar handwritings are contained therein. The respondents are expected to file their response within 21 days.


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